Creative Writing

Creative Writing by Members of the English Department

Professor Beverly Conner

Poetry
"Fan Mail," Crosscurrents, 2008; "English 203:  Introduction(s) to Writing Poetry," Crosscurrents, Spring 1998; "Swallowed Poem" and "Green Olives," Crosscurrents, Spring 1978.

Fiction Readings
Fiction readings at Western Literature Association Annual Meetings, 1995-2007; Fiction at Puget Sound Faculty Club, 1998; "Show and Tell," University of Puget Sound, 1997; "Search and Rescue," Women Studies, University of Puget Sound, 1996; Private Voices, Public Lives, ProArta at Mason methodist Church, 1996; Fiction at Todd Hall, 1994; Fiction at Parnassus, English Majors Association, 1989.

"Mercury in Retrograde," Crosscurrents, Fall 1988; "The Runaway Housewife," The Mystic Muse, Autumn 1987; "Year of the Tent Caterpillar, Puget Soundings, April 1980.

Nonfiction
"Between Loyalty and Treachery," Commodore Perry's Minstrel Show by Richard Wiley.  Arches, Autumn 2007; "Search and Rescue," Private Voices, Public Lives, University of North Texas Press, 1995; "Voices from the Writing Center," Colors of a Different Horse, NCTE, 1993.

Awards
Finalist, Adult Short Story, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, 2007; Invitational Writing Residency at Hedgebrook Writers' Retreat for Women, 2004; Juried Writing Residency at Hedgebrook, July-August 1996.

Manuscripts under Consideration
Where Light is a Place (novel); Mercury in Retrograde (short story collection)

Manuscripts in Process
Falling from Grace (novel)

Readings
Fiction readings at Western Literature Association Annual Meetings, 1995-2007; Fiction at Puget Sound Faculty Club, 1998; "Show and Tell," University of Puget Sound, 1997; "Search and Rescue," Women Studies, University of Puget Sound, 1996; Private Voices, Public Lives, ProArta at Mason Methodist Church, 1996; Fiction at Todd Hall, 1994; Fiction at Parnassus, English Majors Association, 1989.

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Professor William Kupinse

Urban Grace Poet Laureate of Tacoma, 2008

Poetry
"Osier."  Forthcoming in The Fourth River.

"On Giving First-Year Students a Quiz on Allen Ginsberg's Howl."  Forthcoming in Cimarron Review.

"Keeper."  Sea Stories.  Hibernal issue.  www.seastories.com

"A Curse upon Leafblowers and the Men who Love Them," "Audience." NEBO (Fall 2007).

"Slug," "Mole Plants," "Foraging."  Green Letters 6 (2005): 62-67.

"Stinkflower," "Marginalia," "Raw Materials," "Three Olives."  Cimarron Review 144 (2003):  21-25.

"Chestnut." Cumberland Poetry Review 22.2 (2003): 29.

"The Chemistry Set."  Scripsit (Fall 1994): 8.

Poetry Readings
Opening act for Billy Collins reading. Pantages Theater, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Tacoma, WA. April 4, 2008; "As Is."  Creative Writers' Panel titled "Soundings." Western Literature Association Conference. Tacoma, WA. October 17-20, 2007; "Shard" poetry series; joint reading with Hans Ostrom. Center on Contemporary Art. Seattle, WA. March 4, 2006; "Songs of Extinction II."  Creative Writers' Panel at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference. Eugene, OR.; June 21-25, 2005; "Songs of Extinction." Creative Writers' panel at the Western Literature Conference.  Big Sky, Montana.  September 29-October 2, 2004; Poets Against the War. Bohemian Cafe. Stillwater, OK. February 2, 2003; Regional Poets Panel.  South Central Modern Language Association Convention.  Austin, TX.  October 31-November 2, 2002; New Modernisms IV Conference. Madison, WI.  October 31-November 3, 2002; Loft Poetry Night. [Reading with featured poet Alfred Corn].  Loft Coffee House.  Tulsa, OK. March 19, 2002; "Poems." Creative Writers' Panel at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference. Flagstaff, AZ. June 19-23, 2001

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Professor Tamiko Nimura

Books
(Editor) Kashiwagi, Hiroshi.  The Shoebox Plays. Asian American Curriculum Project, forthcoming.

(Editor) Kashiwagi, Hiroshi. Swimming in the American:  A Memoir and Selected Writings.  San Jose, CA: Asian American Curriculum Project, 2004. Winner of the 2005 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

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Professor Hans Ostrom

Poetry
Poetry in Blue Collar Review, Christianity and Literature, Coal City Review, Commonweal, Cutbank, Intro 10, Journal of the American Medical Association, Ploughshares, Poetry Motel, South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, SpoonRiver Quarterly, Washington Post, Willow Springs, Wisconsin Review, Xavier Review, Zillah, and others.

Fiction
"Seven Fables For Teaching and Learning," in In Praise of Pedagogy:  Poems and Stories, ed. Wendy Bishop and David Starkey, with an introduction by Ken Autrey Portsmouth, Maine:  Calendar Island Books, 2000, 134-137.

"I Guard The White Rhino," Webster Review (Fall 1987).

"The Green Bird," Ploughshares (Fall 1986). Special issue edited by Madeline DeFrees and Tess Gallagher.

"Trouble Reports," South Carolina Review (1990).

"Bluestone," Willow Springs 24 (Spring 1989).

"The Wife of the Ambassador," Whetstone 6 (1989). Reprinted in WIND/Literary Journal, 1991.

Books
Lives and Moments:  An Introduction to Short Fiction.  Ft. Worth and New York:  Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1990.  (Textbook.)

Three to Get Ready.  Oakland:  Cliffhanger Press, 1991.  (Novel.)

Colors of a Different Horse, edited with Wendy Bishop.  Urbana:  National Council of Teachers of English, 1994.  Essays on connections among teaching creative writing, literary theory, and rhetorical theory.

Subjects Apprehended:  Poems.  Johnstown, Ohio:  Pudding House Press, 2000.

Metro:  Journeys in Writing Creatively.  New York:  Longman, 2001.  Written with Wendy Bishop and Katherine Haake.  (Textbook.)

Kiss Off:  Poems to Set You Free, ed.  Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez (New York:  Warner Books, 2003), "Emily Dickinson and Elvis Presley in Heaven" (invited reprint of the poem).

The Coast Starlight:  Collected Poems 1976-2006.  Indianapolis:  Dog Ear Publishing, 2006.

Listed in the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers and Contemporary Authors, volume 43, new series; also listed in Poets & Writers Directory, online.

Poetry Readings
Berkeley, California (KPFA Radio); Davis, California (KDVS); Ragdale Artists Colony (Lake Forest, Illinois); "Across the River" Reading Program (Oregon and Washington State Arts Commissions); Tacoma Art Museum; "Distinguished Poets Series," directed by Laura Jensen, funded by a Lila Wallace Foundation/Reader's Digest grant, Tacoma, 1997; University of Puget Sound Faculty Club, 1998; Art Gallery, Pacific Lutheran University, at the opening of "Apertures," an exhibit featuring the photo-collages of Betty Ragan and poems by Hans Ostrom, April 3, 2001; Lawrence High School and Centennial Elementary School, Lawrence, Kansas (February 2002), as part of an outreach program connected to "Let America Be America Again: An International Symposium on the Art, Life, & Legacy of Langston Hughes," hosted by the University of Kansas; Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle (with Bill Kupinse), Spring 2006; Peninsula Book Group, Gig Harbor, Washington, 2006; Western Literature Association Conference, Tacoma, Washington, Fall 2007; Daedalus Society, University of Puget Sound, April 2008.

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Professor Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Fiction
"The Clipping." (Fiction) The Kenyon Review. Summer 2007.

"Miss Mary's Transformation." (Fiction) PMS: Poem, Memoir, Story.  March 2006.

"A Concrete Jungle."  (Fiction) Potpourri. Winter 1999.

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